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About the Foundation for Education

The Ft. Larned Foundation for Education is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2006 to support all USD 495 schools.

Our mission is to gather resources for the schools of Ft. Larned USD 495.

Our vision is to provide an avenue for grant opportunities and private donations which will benefit the students of USD 495 in their pursuit of excellence through grants to educators, scholarships to our students, and other opportunities which will expand our students’ achievement in all aspects of education.

Board Members

James E. Forrest, President

Sharon Lessard

Carolyn Haas

Kaitlyn Hatfield

Jessie Pleasant

Chris Scheideman

Terry Rainbolt

lifetime member info

Thank you, Lifetime Members!

James Forrest

Sharon (Bowman) Lessard

Robbi (Roberta Grogan) Hewson

Todd Keeley

Kimberly Forrest

Donna (Bowman) Maskus

Fusion Bank

Fusion Bank Logo


Please help us fulfill our mission by contributing to the Ft. Larned Foundation today. Your support is critical to ensure that USD 495 Public Schools continue their tradition of excellence. The general Foundation fund is available for donations/gifts and can be earmarked for specific areas (music, classrooms, science, athletics, elementary, etc.). Consider making a donation in honor of a loved one or in honor of your graduating class - Alumni.

Gifts to the Ft. Larned Foundation for Education are fully tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

You can donate to the Ft. Larned Foundation for Education through a cash gift, checks made payable to the Ft. Larned Foundation for Education, or through a pledge to be paid by year-end or as otherwise arranged.

Ft. Larned Foundation for Education
120 E. 6th
Larned, KS 67550

Donations to the Endowment are made to the Golden Belt Foundation - Memo: Ft. Larned Foundation for Education Endowment

Golden Belt Foundation
1307 Williams St.
Great Bend, KS 67530

Memo: Ft. Larned Foundation for Education Endowment

mini grant

Giving Tuesday

Fort Larned Foundation for Education will be participating in Giving Tuesday, November 28th.  All donations will be placed in our endowment funds.  We use the interest earned from the endowment to fund our teacher mini grants.  Donations will be accepted in person or mailed to Golden Belt Community Foundation, online at and click donate, or drop off at a local bank on November 28.  Golden Belt has available up to $70,000 matching funds thanks to the Patterson Family Foundation.

Lead the Way

The community has a way to help private donors support our students in their achievements by investing in the future of our children.

Quality schools affect every part of our community from property values and population growth to the quality of life and desirability of neighborhoods.

USD 495 strives to provide a high-quality education for all students. This can be difficult when funding for schools is an ever-changing business. Limiting resources can mean that great ideas need a little help to get started.

Current Foundation Scholarships:

Baird Family
Doyle Foster
Robert "Bobby" Foster
Victor Memorial
Glen Presley


April 2006

USD 495 School Board voted to incorporate the Ft. Larned Foundation for Education

June 2006

First meeting was held

August 2006

Foundation bylaws were signed

January 2007

IRS non-profit status was attained - 501(c)3